Sacramento County Sheriffs arrested a man Friday in connection to a 2015 homicide, a month after the remains of the victim were unearthed, department officials said.
On Dec. 26, 2017, sheriff's deputies responded to the 6200 block of Dundee Drive after receiving a call that human remains were found in a backyard. According to the department, the remains were found by workers renovating the property.
"We don't get these cases very often, where human remains are discovered buried in a residential area or rural area," said Sgt. Shaun Hampton, spokesman for the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.
During the investigation, the sheriff's department discovered the remains belonged to a man believed to have been stabbed to death in the summer of 2015.
"I wonder how it could happen and no one not know anything," said 92-year-old Linnie Dean, who's lived on Dundee Drive for 44 years.
According to the sheriff's department, Michael Sager, 22, and the unidentified victim got into a verbal altercation, which led to the fatal stabbing.
“We believe at the time of the homicide, he was staying at the residence a quite significant amount of time, and we believe him and the victim were acquaintances,” Hampton adds.
Sager was arrested in connection to the death, and was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail and faces murder charges.